FAQ

In what order should The Gatekeeper's Saga be read? Will there be more books in this series? What about your other books?

The Gatekeeper's Saga actually began as a trilogy. When readers asked for more, I extended it to a six-book saga that should be read in this order: The Gatekeeper's Sons, The Gatekeeper's Challenge, The Gatekeeper's Daughter, The Gatekeeper's House, the Gatekeeper's Secret, and The Gatekeeper's Promise.

Then readers asked for a prequel, so I wrote The Gatekeeper's Bride. This book can be read before or after the six-book series, but might be more enjoyable after you read the saga.

When readers asked for more, I decided to write a spin-off series featuring more of the characters, including Than and Therese. The first of these books is called Hypnos: A Gatekeeper's Spin-off, #1.  The second book is Hunting Prometheus (releases 5-6-17). A third, Storming Olympus, and fifth, The Pantheon, are planned for release in 2018 and 2019 respectively. A novella entitled Charon's Quest will likely be released between them.

Lately, readers are also asking for more of The Vampires of Athens Series. Although I have no plans at this time to continue Gertie's adventures, the possibility is not completely out of the question.

Readers have also been asking for more from the characters in The Mystery House. I have decided to write more adventures for those three empty-nesters and best friends. Each house they flip will reveal a new and intriguing ghost story based on something historical or mythological. I can't wait!

Are your books available in paperback as well as ebook? Where can I find them?

Yes. You can find print copies for around $10 each at most vendors, but they aren't available as boxed sets. You can also find most of my books in audio and hardcover as well. Check my BOOKS page for links to vendors.

Can I have a review copy of one of your books?

I can email you a review copy in ebook format only. Paperback copies are too cost prohibitive. For a review ebook copy, email me at eva@evapohler.com.

Can I get signed copies of your books?

I don't offer signed copies of my books because it costs me so much time and money, but I am happy to sign your books at events. You can check where I'll be on my APPEARANCES page. Some years I travel more than others, so keep checking to see if I'll be visiting your city.

You can also request a signed book plate, which can be adhered to the inside cover of your book. If you would like one, send me a self addressed stamped envelope to

Eva Pohler Books
20011 Park Ranch
San Antonio, TX 78259

Can I get signed bookmarks?

Yes. Send me a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request for signed bookmarks, and I'll mail them back to you. You can send your self-addressed stamped envelope to

Eva Pohler Books
20011 Park Ranch
San Antonio, TX 78259

Can I buy one of your buttons, t-shirts, bracelets, or other merchandise?

Yes. Although the Athena Locket has been discontinued, you can purchase any of the other items from my Katasteema Store here.

Where does the inspiration from your books come from?

The inspiration for The Gatekeeper's Saga came from a movie starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins called Meet Joe Black. In this movie, Death wants a chance to see what life is like, so he takes over the body of a recently deceased man (Brad Pitt) and enlists the help of a very successful man who's about to die (Anthony Hopkins). This movie left me with a lot of unanswered questions, and I began to wonder what it would have been like if Death had been based on Thanatos. Then my imagination went wild, and my saga was born.

The inspiration for The Purgatorium came from a 1970's novel by John Fowles called The Magus. Just like the Brad Pitt movie, this book left me with a lot of questions. As much as I loved the novel, it gave me more questions than answers. As I wondered how I would answer those questions, my idea for The Purgatorium developed. Because it was so different from everything else I was writing, I put it on a back burner. Then a boy in my community committed suicide, and I felt like this story had to be told, because it deals with a girl who feels responsible for her sister's death, and she thinks suicide is the only way.

The idea for The Vampires of Athens series came from a dream. A sexy vampire bit me, but it wasn't enough to turn me, and yet for one night, I had his powers of flight, speed, invisibility, x-ray vision, mind control, and mind reading! It was an amazing dream, so, of course, I had to write about it.

Research is one of my favorite steps in writing a book. I absolutely LOVE to learn new things. For my teen fantasy books, it usually means reading up on the ancient stories in Greek mythology and finding some way to bring those stories alive in modern times with modern problems and characters that are struggling with timeless problems.

For my thriller/suspense, I love to bring in history as well. In The Mystery Tomb, I used Native American history--particularly my grandfather's search for his roots--and then took it to a grander level. In The Mystery Box, I brought in history from Desert Storm and the Taliban, along with science, to create a twist on the mad scientist archetype. In The Mystery House, I researched Weir Mitchell's "rest cure" used on mostly women in the wake of the Civil War. In all three cases, the narrative goes back and forth between characters in the past and today.

Currently, my Mystery House is ranking really high on Amazon with very little marketing, and my readers have convinced me to turn it into a series. So I have this cast of three empty-nesters and best friends who have lost their sense of purpose now that their kids are grown, and, together, they're going to flip one historical home after another--each time uncovering a strange new ghost story. I can't wait to research the history I'll use for each of those novels!

When does the movie (or TV show) come out, and can I be in it?

I was actually contacted by a Hollywood screenwriter interested in creating a movie adaptation for The Gatekeeper's Saga, but I told him I needed to think about it (he was young without many credits), and he moved onto another project. I told him I'd be in touch, so you never know.

A different screenwriter--more experienced with impressive credits--asked if he could create a movie adaptation of The Purgatiorium. Although I haven't signed a contract, he's been working on it. I'll keep you posted on that progress.

If a movie or TV show is ever made about any of my stories, I, unfortunately, won't have any say in the casting, so I guess you'll have to audition with everyone else!

Will you read my manuscript and give me writing advice?

Unfortunately, I'm asked this too often for me to ever say yes to reading a manuscript. If I did do this, I'd never have time to write my own. But I do have advice for writers, and you can find it here.

Can I interview you?

Yes, but you can find answers to common interview questions here and use them on your blog, in your school report, or anywhere else. If you have other questions, you can email me at eva@evapohler.com.

I don't think your Greek mythology is always accurate. Why isn't it?

Most fans of Greek mythology know there are multiple versions of these ancient stories. For example, in some versions, Aphrodite is the daughter of Uranus, formed when Kronos castrates and overthrows his father. In this version, the seed of Uranus drops into the sea, and Aphrodite emerges, fully formed, on the sea foam.

In another version, Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. I prefer this second version, because I don't like the versions that take away the credit from the mothers. That's just me.

Although I try to be as accurate as possible, I did change a few things:

First, my decision to make Thanatos and Hypnos the sons of Hades and Persephone contradicts most ancient versions, in which the twins are the sons of Nyx. I chose to put them in the house of Hades because I wanted to focus on the Underworld gods, to defend Hades against his conflation with the Satan of Christianity made by so many modern texts (such as in Disney’s animated film Hercules). But when I first conceived The Gatekeeper’s Sons, I envisioned a contemporary romance, and for this, I wanted an unmarried god who was as inexperienced as Therese. So I chose Thanatos. And since I needed him to be a younger god, I made him and his brother the sons of Hades.

I actually found an Orphic Hymn in which the Furies (usually depicted as the children of Nyx) are the daughters of Persephone, and I thought it would be fun to make them the older sisters of the twin boys.

Second, although I use Greek names for most of the gods, I chose to use the more popular Roman names Cupid (instead of Eros) and Hercules (instead of Heracles). I regret these decisions now. I thought the names would be more recognizable for a thirteen-year-old reader (my target audience), but I should have given those readers more credit and stuck with the Greek names.

Third, in my prequel, I took liberties with the timeline in ancient Greek mythology. Although Hercules/Heracles completed his labors and Pelops was served by Tantalus to the gods long before the Trojan War, I was forced to place those events in the early days of the Trojan conflict for two reasons. One reason is because I moved the existence of Thanatos to a later period, and I’d already referred to him being bound by Hercules in The Gatekeeper’s Sons. The second is because I wanted the Persephone myth to correspond with the war, so I could use the drama of the war to heighten the drama in the Underworld family. Since Demeter’s preoccupation with her daughter’s abduction is what causes her to eat Pelops in the ancient myths, it seemed fitting to include that detail in Demeter’s story, too.

I also want to explain my elaboration on Demeter’s story with Demophoon. Although the ancient stories tell of her visit to his family and of her attempt to make him immortal, the rest is my invention. I wanted to justify Demeter’s contempt for Hades and also to emphasize the themes of maternal love and sacrifice.

The twist I gave the Persephone myth in my prequel was my own invention and part of my plan to elevate attitudes toward Hades and the Underworld gods. Hades is depicted in the ancient stories as abducting Persephone after receiving permission from Zeus, but back then, attitudes about women as property were prevalent, and this action wasn’t perceived in the same way as it is today. If I was going to succeed in my efforts to make the Underworld gods leaders in the Athena Alliance and the reformation of the male-dominated pantheon, then I needed Hades to be a more progressive male deity.

This desire to elevate Hades was also behind the origin stories of the Furies, Hypnos, and Thanatos. Again, this was purely my invention, though the origin story about Melinoe is very close to the way it’s depicted in the ancient stories.

Why is Therese only fifteen in the first novel? Isn't that a bit young?

This question usually comes from adult readers–not teens. As a mother of teens, I’m confident that 15 is the right age for Therese. One of the pleasures of reading young adult fiction is capturing all the “firsts”: first kiss, first love, first heart break, first time away from home, etc. If a character is going to be an older teen in a contemporary story, there will need to be a major reason why she hasn’t experienced any of these things.

Having teens of my own, I know firsthand that fifteen is that age when a person’s actions and feelings oscillate between childlike and adult-like. That was the age I wanted, and I wrote Therese so that she still has little girl aspects while managing to make some pretty mature decisions.

I also wanted Therese to age and mature in the series. If I’d started her at seventeen, I would have had less time to play with.

Finally, I was writing for the younger end of the market–for thirteen and fourteen-year-old readers. It made sense to make Therese closer in age to the target audience.

The idea of a plain girl being desired by so many is unrealistic and overdone. And why make her so good?

Therese is not a plain girl. She is a pretty girl who thinks she’s plain. Some readers have been unable to distinguish between Therese’s false perception of herself (common among teens) and reality.

Therese is also not always good. On the heels of her parents’ murders, all she wants is to die. After she discovers who Than is, her first thought is to use him to get to the Underworld, so she can be with her parents. She lies to people in her life to hide what she’s up to. She uses a drug, and that has terrible consequences. But, yes, in spite of those mistakes, Therese is a very good person. She’s based on my daughter, who is also a very good person. Very good people do exist, and they have exciting and interesting stories, too. A character doesn’t have to be emo and foul-mouthed to be interesting.

Why do you choose insta-love for your characters? Isn’t that unrealistic? Why does Therese want to marry Than?

My characters do not experience insta-love. They experience insta-attraction. There’s a difference. In the second, they are drawn to each other, but it takes time for the love to catch up with the attraction.

Therese wants to use Than to get to the Underworld, so she can be with her parents. She eventually falls in love with him, but her initial desire to marry him comes from her desperation to do whatever it takes to find her parents.

Is there a place where your fans can interact with you?

Yes. I have a secret fan club on Facebook. You can request permission to join here.  But be aware of plot spoilers. We talk about the books in detail. I also run weekly giveaways and ask my readers for their opinions about covers, plot, and character.

You can also be included in my monthly drawings for prizes and keep up-to-date with my new releases by joining my newsletter here.

Are you available for school and library visits?

If you're in San Antonio, yes. If you're not, but you're willing to pay for my travel expenses, then yes. I don't charge above the cost of travel and hotel stay, but I can't come unless you're willing to pay for those expenses. To request a visit, please email me at eva@evapohler.com.